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What are the best William Hurt movies?

Not all avid movie fans are aware of this veteran actor's accomplishments and contributions. However, William Hurt has been a staple of big Hollywood productions since his debut in 1980's psychedelic thriller 'Altered States'. In fact, you can say that he is a rarity in movies as he earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination by way of a 10-minute cameo appearance in 2005's action-thriller film, 'A History of Violence'. Even in his early acting days, Hurt has been on the verge of movie stardom, if not only barred by some personal issues, which included alcohol and substance abuse throughout the years. Luckily for the film industry, the actor has been able to get back on track after some years of staying low-key. Movie fans have been continuously treated to his intense, sensitive, and fragile human characters year after year. As a result, William Hurt has received a total of four Academy Award nominations, three of which were for the Best Actor trophy.

A lot of younger fans would only get to recognize him from his appearances in the famed Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. After all, he is a regular fixture as the villainous Thaddeus Ross in some of the franchise's top-billed titles such as 'The Incredible Hulk' and 'Avengers: Infinity War', to name a few. Once again, he returns to the mainstream to reprise his role as Thunderbolt Ross in 2020's Black Widow movie, to the delight of his fans. William Hurt is one of the most talented yet underrated actors of his time. With his distinct voice and piercing stare, he gives so much depth in any role he takes on, making his films always worth a watch. In this list, we have some of the best William Hurt movies that you can peek into before his newest on-screen appearance is due.

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  1. 1A History of Violence

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    A History of Violence is a 2005 American action-thriller movie that stars Viggo Mortensen and is directed by David Cronenberg. Here, you can witness William Hurt in a surprise cameo role that earned him an Academy Award nomination.

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  1. 2Body Heat

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    Body Heat is a 1981 American neo-noir erotic thriller film motion picture that features William Hurt as a lawyer who has an affair with Kathleen Turner. It was directed and written by Lawrence Kasdan and is one of Hurt's earliest hit films.

  2. 3A.I. Artificial Intelligence

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    A.I. Artificial Intelligence is a hit 2001 sci-fi movie directed by Steven Spielberg. The movie is one of William Hunt's best projects as he plays Prof. Hobby, who makes a robot out of lead actor Haley Joel Osment.

  1. 4Lost in Space

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    Lost in Space is a 1998 sci-fi family adventure movie directed by Stephen Hopkins. It stars Gary Oldman, Heather Graham, as well as William Hurt who plays John Robinson. The film depicts the story of a family while searching for an unexplored space.

  2. 5Avengers: Infinity War

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    Avengers: Infinity War is a 2018 action sci-fi film directed by the Russo Brothers and is the penultimate film in the MCU's Infinity Saga. It features William Hurt in his role as Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross.

  3. 6The Doctor

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    The Doctor is a drama movie directed by Randa Haines. Released in 1991, the film was loosely based on the book A Taste of my Own Medicine by Edward Rosenbaum. It starred William Hurt, Christine Lahti, and Mandy Patinkin.

  4. 7The Village

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    The Village is a drama thriller movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan released in 2004. This follows a small and isolated village, and how a series of unusual events test the beliefs and principles of the people living there. 

  5. 8Changing Lanes

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    Changing Lanes is a drama thriller film directed by Roger Michell. Released in 2002 by Paramount Pictures, the movie starred Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson, Toni Collette, Sydney Pollack, William Hurt, and Amanda Peet.

  6. 9The Incredible Hulk

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    The Incredible Hulk is an action-adventure movie directed by Louis Leterrier and released on June 13, 2008. The Marvel Studios film mainly stars Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, and Tim Roth and the film runs for a duration of 1 hour and 52 minutes.

  7. 10Into the Wild

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    Into the Wild is a biographical survival film about top student and athlete Christopher McCandless who abandons his possessions and career in order to go to Alaska and live in the wilderness. 

  8. 11The Miracle Season

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    The Miracle Season is a drama movie directed by Sean McNamara. Released in 2018, the film was based on the true story of the Iowa City West High School volleyball team. It starred Erin Moriarty, Helen Hunt, William Hurt, and Danika Yarosh.

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    June 15, 2018
    "A.I. Artificial Intelligence is one of the greatest sci-fi film of all time. And it's not because of some flashy CGI scenes. The movie has a heart at its core. But a movie, as they say, is only as good as its plot. And while the storyline is perfect, having a set of actors who can give credence to their characters would lift the movie to a greater height. And Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Brendan Gleeson, and William Hurt really gave a performance of a lifetime."
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    Anonymous
    June 15, 2018
    "From the time when M. Night Shyamalan's films were good. A psychological thriller like no other, The Village is one of my favorite movies of all time. It has a stellar cast and a great plot. People should overlook all the negative reviews of this film and try watching it. I promise it would be worth it."
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    June 15, 2018
    "For someone who has lost a teammate, this movie hit me the hardest. I can only imagine what the parents went through. And while I have some vague idea on how a family copes after a loss, William Hurt and Helen Hunt gave me more insight and understanding about the process of healing. Great, great movie."
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    Anonymous
    June 15, 2018
    "Great film. If I am not mistaken, A History of Violence is the movie where William Hurt received an Academy Award nomination for best-supporting actor. This is also the best performance by Viggo Mortensen in any movie. Overall, this is one crime thriller film you shouldn't miss."
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    Anonymous
    June 15, 2018
    "I have been searching for a copy of The Doctor and surprise, surprise, I found it here in this site. Not only that, William Hurt is actually one of my favorite actors and I got a whole list of movies of my boy here! The Doctor is an inspirational film that everyone should watch."
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    Anonymous
    June 15, 2018
    "Changing Lanes is an underrated movie if you ask me. They don't make movies like this anymore. Ben Affleck and Samuel Jackson were great in this film but it was William Hurt who provided the balance and gave the movie credence. Glad to see Changing Lanes on this list."
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    Anonymous
    June 15, 2018
    "Into the Wild is an inspirational film about survival. You can feel the emotion, the drive to survive, the hope of a family. Sean Penn did a good job on this movie. But it was the lead characters who brought it out to life."
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    Anonymous
    June 15, 2018
    "I absolutely adore this movie. Lost in Space introduced me into the world of science-fiction. I loved Gary Oldman and William Hurt in this movie. Of course, Matt LeBlanc is a hunk!"
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    Lost in Space
This list is about What are the best William Hurt movies
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1A History of ViolenceMovies 18 Paid
2Body HeatMovies 15 Paid
3A.I. Artificial IntelligenceMovies 9 Paid
4Lost in SpaceMovies 5 Paid
5Avengers: Infinity WarMovies 5 Paid
6The DoctorMovies 4 Paid
7The VillageMovies 3 Paid
8Changing LanesMovies 3 Paid
9The Incredible HulkMovies 3 Paid
10Into the WildMovies 2 Paid
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